Some of us need to feel superior over others. We fuel that process daily with a righteous self-talk that drives down the view of the "other", whether that other is Black, Asian, Indian, or White. That "other" is a target, and made to suffer, as the "other" is seen as less, not deserving, a diminished human. Ironically this behaviour compensates for some internal need - usually one that artificially props one up above another. This is all a mental game. This is not reality. There is no "other", there is no "them", but there is an "us". We are all just human beings trying to make our way through life.
Well, I do write science fiction, so allow me to open up an alternative view for consideration. Perhaps a view from the outside in:
Currently, we are a race that manages on whole to hate one another very efficiently, often achieving deplorable violence. The evidence is clear and undeniable.
Unknown to us we have witnesses. Our observers are not the typical stereotyped little green men, no, they are a people that have evolved over millennia, have learned the nature of the universe, and have discovered the glorious mysteries of biological machines of life.
They study us. Why? We are something rare. We are sentient.
But the events they observe is often disturbing to them. It is WE that are the true aliens. Mind you though, they are not ignorant of understanding true violence. They've witnessed black holes tear planets to rubble that had previously been teeming with life. They've watched supernovae corona expand and blast through adjoining systems, bathing planets in unrelenting swaths of gamma radiation, and burning whole civilizations to dust.
They have decided to observe us, and if needed, to protect us, for as I described prior, the nature of the universe is truly violent.
But will they stay resolute in their commitment? Do they see promise in us? What do they see in our nature, projected far into the future?
Perhaps what they see translates into an obvious danger to them. After all, despite our ignorant proclamations, we are far from civilized now. The truth, distilled, is that we are yet unable to care for one another, much less develop a relationship with another race.
Inevitably our family may be much larger than we know. Our family extends to all sentient life.
If we are unable to evolve, unable to ascend to the next state of a true civilization, unable to truly care for all others, remain committed to our poisoned thoughts aligned to insanity, we may remain alone.
And I say again: the universe has a violent, dangerous nature.
There will come a time. We will need their help.
Enjoy this thought exercise? Could this be reality or is this just an insane yarn?
Other life? Do the math.
Evidence of other advanced life here, on Earth, already? Consider if they want to stay hidden, they will. Yes, we have some interesting pics, some interesting stories. It is relevant to understand that the act of effective observation requires one NOT to affect the observed.
Unknown interstellar dangers to us? Unfortunately just a matter of time. The past is exposed in our geological record, and the past is a very strong indicator of the future.